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 The Community Website of New Ferry, Wirral, UK

 

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See a Victorian map of where your home is today:

 

If you are a New Ferry resident, click on the map picture below.  A new window will open on a different website which will show  various old maps of New Ferry.  Type your postcode into the box and you will be able to see where your home is now (on the modern map to the right) compared to the 1835 tithe maps.  You can also choose the 1875 and the 1910 maps to compare the changes which have taken place between then and now. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(For those of you just visiting this site who do not live in New Ferry and don't know a postcode here, just type in CH62 5BE which will take you to the shops in the centre).

 


 

HISTORY OF NEW FERRY: 2001-Today


New Ferry is still undergoing transformation today - most of it for the better.

Annoyed that the bulk of Council spending seemed to go elsewhere throughout the 1980s and 1990s, some residents got together to form a pressure group, "New Ferry Regeneration Action Group" in 2000.  Following local consultations, they produced a detailed plan of what the community wanted to see in New Ferry, and - working together with Wirral Borough Council, local elected representatives and other organisations, they managed to bring some significant new benefits to the community including:-

  • CCTV cameras around the shopping area;

  • the award-winning Wirral Farmers Market which is housed inside the Village Hall, and has become the most successful farmers market in the country;

  • replacement pavings, lighting and new railings along New Chester Road, along with new parking laybys for homes along New Chester Road at its southern end between Bolton Road and the River Dibbin;

  • new welcome signs at the entrance to New Ferry which were designed with the help of local school children;

  • the purchase and installation of New Ferry's own christmas lights over the festive period;

  • resurfacing resurfacing of the town's two major car parks;

  • a memorial garden at the junction of Legh Road/Brownlow Road;

  • a clear-up of the Shorefields area, including the removal of debris from the beach and clearance and improvement to the footpath along the waterfront and around the Wimpey estate as part of a newly developing nature park.

 

The successful Wirral Farmers Market has been held  inside New Ferry's Village Hall on the second Tuesday of every month since 2001.

 

Then mayor, Councillor Phil Gilchrist, visits the new welcome signs in July 2007.  He is seen here talking to Grove Street Primary School headteacher Mrs Little and children who worked with local artist Paul Bearman on the design.

 

Aldi opened their new food store on the site of the former Rialto Cinema in 2004.  The building was carefully designed to fit in with the architecture of Port Sunlight Village on the opposite side of the road.

 

JD Weatherspoon may change the sign of their new John Masefield pub on The Wirral after locals comlplained it looked like Hitler /PA

Wetherspoon's new pub has become a popular meeting place in New Ferry.

 

The Beazer estate of modern homes overlooking New Ferry Park.

 

New apartments were completed in New Chester Road in late 2008 and have sold well despite the current recession.

 

New Ferry resident and NFRAG vice-chair Julie Fitzgerald talks to BBC television film cameras as volunteers work during the Shorefields tidy-up that was filmed as part of the BBC's "Springwatch" campaign in June 2008.

 

Wirral residents gather at Shorefields to watch the Tall Ships Parade in July 2008 on the River Mersey.  You can see the magnificent views of Liverpool City Centre which New Ferry residents enjoy from this stunning location.

Although Aldi had faith in New Ferry as a district centre and arrived in 2004 to give Somerfield and Iceland some competition, more recently the district centre has suffered from losing one of its two remaining banks (HSBC) in 2008.  Our much loved Woolworths store also became a victim of the 2008 credit crunch, whilst the job centre had long since closed and been relocated to Bromborough as early as 2001.

However, even in 2008 and 2009,  some retailers still see New Ferry as a place where new businesses can make a start.  In 2008, Wetherspoons opened a new pub restaurant which has become one of New Ferry's most popular daytime and evening attractions.

New Ferry's district centre still survives, and is home to a number of successful niche businesses such as:-

  • Edge the Butchers who offer speciality meats;

  • Runners Sports who sell a variety of specialist sportswear that attracts customers from a radius of over 50 miles;

  • Andy's Aquatics Pet Shop which specialises in tropical and pond fish,  and other invertebrates such as lizards and snakes;

  • a number of popular hairdressing salons.

As house prices rocketed elsewhere during the late 1990s and early 2000s, New Ferry's stock of small and modest sized homes became and remain much sought after by first-time buyers.  Between 2000 and 2002, Beazer Homes redeveloped a site of former Council maisonettes at Longfellow Drive with a mixture of three and four bedroomed semis and detached homes that overlook New Ferry Park in a very traditional "village green" style.

More recently, in 2007 the former Travellers Rest pub on New Ferry Road was converted into a row of terraced houses, whilst in 2008 the site of another pub and builder's yard on New Chester Road has been redeveloped as a block of stylishly swanky apartments which also look out over New Ferry Park to the rear.

Boosting New Ferry's tourist potential, in 2002, the beach was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), giving it protected status. It is also part of the Mersey Estuary Special Protection Area for birds (a European designation showing international value). Throughout the winter, the New Ferry shore supports numerous waders and wildfowl, feeding at low tide on the many invertebrates in the mud. There are nationally important numbers of pintail (a type of duck) and black-tailed godwits (waders) as well as many redshank, shelduck, ringed plover, knot, dunlin and turnstone. Obviously, the site is very popular with bird-watchers.

In consultation with local residents, New Ferry Regeneration Action Group remains committed to improving New Ferry's environment.  The group is currently developing plans to further enhance Shorefields as a nature park, capitalising on its stunning views of both the River Mersey and Liverpool on the other side, and to bring about the refurbishment of facilities in New Ferry Park.